Your liver is the largest glandular organ in your body. It is located on the right side of your abdominal cavity beneath your diaphragm.
Your liver does many things. It produces urea (the main substance of urine), makes certain amino acids (building blocks of protein), filters harmful substances from your blood, breaks down fats, converts glucose to glycogen, stores minerals and vitamins and maintains the right level of glucose in your blood.
Your bile ducts are tubes inside of your liver that are used to transport bile. Bile is a substance that is produced in your liver. It is essential to the proper digestion of fats. Bile also helps your body to eliminate worn-out red blood cells, toxins and cholesterol.
Primary biliary cirrhosis is a chronic (ongoing, continuing) disease that causes your bile ducts inside of your liver to become damaged, irritated and inflamed (swollen). This blocks the flow of bile and damages cells in your liver. The bile ducts in your liver are slowly destroyed. The result is that harmful substances can build up inside of your liver and result in cirrhosis (irreversible scarring of your liver).
Primary biliary cirrhosis is much more common in women than men. In fact, more than 90% of the people with this disease are women. It is most prevalent in middle-aged people between the ages of 35 and 60, although children and older adults can get primary biliary cirrhosis.
Some people do not experience any signs and symptoms for years after they have been diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis. Other people have signs and symptoms near the beginning of this chronic disease. Some of the signs and symptoms that you may experience are:
Sicca syndrome (dry mouth and eyes)
Blotchy, darker skin (hyperpigmentation)
Edema (swollen feet)
Jaundice (yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes)
Xanthomas (cholesterol deposits)
Ascites (swollen abdomen)
Digestive problems like steatorrhea (foul-smelling, greasy stools) and diarrhea
Fatty deposits under your skin
An enlarged liver.
You or your loved one may be suffering from primary biliary cirrhosis. This disease and/or complications resulting from it may be why you are disabled and cannot work. It may be why you need help.
Do you or your loved one plan on applying for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by primary biliary cirrhosis and/or complications resulting from this disease? Have you or your loved one already tried this and been denied?
If you or your loved one is thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, think about this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer.